α,α-Dialkylated amino acids
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
---[15N]-D-isovaline was prepared from DL-[α-15N]-α-aminoisovaleramide by enzymatic resolution with Mycobacterium neoaurum. The 15N-isotope was introduced during the Strecker synthesis of its precursor, e.g. aminoisovaleronitrile. Attempts to prepare the amino nitrile precursor of [15N]-α-aminoisobutyric acid (Aib) led to a poor yield and loss of the label. Significantly, improved results were obtained when a cosolvent is present during formation of aminoisobutyronitrile.
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